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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

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Most small businesses are trying to forget the recent recession, and get back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone conversations, real product information spreads at astounding speeds. Entrepreneurs that are not listening, not engaging, and not changing will be left behind even in the best of times.

 

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Irwin Kula is an eighth-generation rabbi known for his fearless attitude about change — a rare quality among religious leaders who tend to adhere closely to tradition.

Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) in New York and the author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, has dedicated himself to opening up the wisdom of his 3,500-year-old faith to be in conversation with the world.

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Most experienced community bank commercial lenders have accumulated many similar types of experiences. We’ve all got our personal galleries of borrowers with character and borrowers who were characters.

None of these experiences are typically found in textbooks. In fact I’ve seen very few textbooks that deal exclusively with the subject of lending per se. Yet these experiences are of the “stuff” that makes a lending career in a community bank so interesting.

 

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After decades as a technological laggard, medicine has entered its data age. Mobile technologies, sensors, genome sequencing, and advances in analytic software now make it possible to capture vast amounts of information about our individual makeup and the environment around us. The sum of this information could transform medicine, turning a field aimed at treating the average patient into one that’s customized to each person while shifting more control and responsibility from doctors to patients.

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Chicago — Brian Wm. Niles didn’t cuss, but still a few people winced.

At the ACT’s annual Enrollment Planners Conference here on Thursday, Mr. Niles, founder of Target X, recommended five “dirty words” colleges should use regularly. (Squeamish romantics fond of quaint words like “learning,” be warned.)

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If you’ve ever seen A Christmas Story, you know that new toys are sometimes more trouble than they’re worth. Remember how little Ralphie begs for (and eventually receives) a BB gun? Then, just as the adults warned him, he ends up shooting himself in the eye. While most business owners aren’t pining for a BB gun, there are plenty of new tech toys they crave. Some of these tools are great for startups, but they won’t necessarily solve all your problems. The road to early adoption can be a rocky one, but there are a few toys that are worth the investment.

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Unless you’ve just woken up from an extraordinarily long coma (in which case, there’s so much we have to tell you), you’re probably well aware of the massive impact mobile technology has had on the world. You just have to look around you, or reach into your pocket and compare the astounding technology in your smartphone to what was inside the brick-sized devices we were all carrying around less than 20 years ago.

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Having a dream job means different things to different people.

It could be the job you’ve been working towards throughout your career--something you'll hopefully reach in the future. It could be a fantasy of a life that's completely different from your current job, doing something extraordinary. Or it could be turning something you love to do into a job and making a living out of it.

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Experts are heralding the Internet of Things (IoT) computing phase as the next industrial revolution, estimating 50 billion connected devices and IoT solutions reaching $7.1 trillion by 2020.

While we won’t refute these arguments, a focus on shareholder positioning will help us better understand where we are in the IoT cycle and how positioning IoT into a company’s story just became that much more pressing.

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Local, state, and national economies are facing unprecedented levels of international competition. The current fiscal crisis has hampered the ability of many governments in the developed world to directly facilitate economic growth. At the same time, many governments in the developing world are investing significant new resources into local infrastructure and industry development initiatives. At the heart of the current economic transformation lie our colleges and universities. Through their roles in education, innovation, knowledge transfer, and community engagement, these institutions are working toward spurring economic growth and prosperity.

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